05 Aug

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

Today’s real party feature is ridiculously fun!! It’s a birthday pool party created by Maureen Anders (and biz partner Adria Ruff) for her son Jeff’s birthday.

This refreshing take on the backyard pool party has great contemporary style and includes tons of creative details like cupcake “ice cream cones”, bagged lunches served in sand pails, and – my personal favorite – “don’t drink the pool water” water bottles!

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

Read on for lots more pics and all the creative party details, as told by Maureen… 

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REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

We decided to throw a pool party for my son’s 5th birthday, and instead of going with a traditional theme like ‘under the sea’ or ‘beach,’ we stuck to a strict color scheme of ‘water tones’ of blue and green, along with fun patterns like houndstooth, stripe and check.

I used lots of blue and green pinwheels and buckets, as well as translucent blue and green baskets made of beach ball material to hold snacks.

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

Fresh squeezed lemonade and ‘Don’t drink the pool water‘ water bottles were the drinks of choice!

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

We served bagged lunches that had a homemade croissant sandwich, fruit cup with his party logo on top, and a bag of chips. The lunch bags were placed in a blue (for boys) or green (for girls) sand pail that had a napkin hanging over the edge (Ikea).

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

I personalized each ‘lunch pail‘ with the child’s name. They could take their pail anywhere at the pool – the tables we had setup, under an umbrella on a beach chair, or wherever they decided to eat their lunch!

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

We featured a sweets table with various sweets and treats that were mainly blue and green.

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

I decorated a fabric covered canvas for the backdrop (seersucker fabric) and made a pennant birthday banner that used greens and blues with modern, fun patterns.

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

I made sugar cookie pops and cupcakes in ice cream cones and set out blue gummy sharks, colorful lemonheads that included green & blue tones, and old fashioned candy sticks with a blue swirl design.

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

We also had organic lollipop (Earth Fare) covers that we designed to cover the lollis that stuck out of a blue/green wrapped box.

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

Pinwheels adorned the table in large apothecary jars.

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

The tables also had these fun translucent blue containers filled with goldfish because all of our kids’ friends love those crackers. It looked like the fish were in fish bowls!

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

Tissue poms are a great DIY project. We used them to line the iron fence entrance to the terrace of the pool where our party was held.

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

Party favors were customized sidewalk chalk containers for the toddlers and a box of legos wrapped in ‘water looking’ paper that said ‘when it gets too hot to play in the sun, go back inside and build your own fun.’  (My son is obsessed with legos, so that’s how we tied them into the party without throwing off the blue/green scheme!)

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

We also had bubbles that had custom labels on them for the prizes for the games we played.

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

Games played: biggest splash contest, ping pong ball toss (toss into buckets like the old Bozo the clown game), and we threw 150 ping pong balls into the pool and several had ‘5‘ written on them.  The children who found the special ‘5‘ balls (they floated), won the prize.”

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

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Credits &  Resources:
– Photography – Adria Ruff Photography
– Desserts – Maureen Anders
– Printables: Anders Ruff Shop
– Paper Products – IKEA
– Pinwheels – Hobby Lobby
– Tablecloths – Garden Ridge
– Buckets – Michaels

REAL PARTIES: Blue & Green Pool Party

{biz partners & party gals Adria & Maureen}

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40Comments

1
Stacey SAYS:

What a perfectly preppy party…I love it!

Reply August 5, 2010 at 2:06 pm

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Joyce SAYS:

Love it!! I see lots of stuff that is from the Target Dollar Spot too!

Reply August 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm

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Adriana SAYS:

This party is so cute, I love the colors and all the details, they did such a great job!

Reply August 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm

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Marisa SAYS:

This party is amazing! Did you make all of the labels or did you purchase them? If purchased, who is the seller? I am trying to get ready for my daughters 2nd pinwheel party and would like to purchase some…

Reply August 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm

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Betty Islas Velazquez SAYS:

I love it!! I would love to recreate this party bash for my little one, using Orange and Red!

Reply August 5, 2010 at 4:53 pm

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Affection for Detail SAYS:

I love how they took this theme and made it their own. Love all of the extra details!

Reply August 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm

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Jennifer Coons SAYS:

Love all the details! I bet the kids loved their lunch pails. Adorable!

Reply August 6, 2010 at 6:04 am

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Jenn Hardie SAYS:

This looks amazing! I love all of the details.

Reply August 6, 2010 at 7:30 am

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Amy @ Blowout Party SAYS:

Those personalized pails are a great idea, I’m loving the water bottle labels! You gave out lots of great stuff at this party, and it looks like the kids are having a blast!

Reply August 6, 2010 at 7:56 am

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Amy @ Blowout Party SAYS:

Those personalized pails are a great idea, I’m loving the water bottle labels! You gave out lots of great stuff at this party, and it looks like the kids are having a blast!

Reply August 6, 2010 at 7:56 am

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ADRIANA SAYS:

I love all the details!! I have to keep the lunch-pail idea for my next parties!!

Reply August 6, 2010 at 8:12 am

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Bre SAYS:

This party looks fantastic! I love all the little details, the personalized sand buckets for every guest? Love it!

Reply August 6, 2010 at 8:50 am

13
Claudi SAYS:

This is adorable and inspirational! I love this blog!!!

Reply August 6, 2010 at 8:50 am

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Banquetevent.com SAYS:

no one does it better!

Reply August 6, 2010 at 9:31 am

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Rosilet SAYS:

just one word…AMAZING!

Reply August 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm

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